Congress offers UP seats, SP-BSP declines
The Congress party, on Sunday, announced that the party will contest elections in only 73/80 seats in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where voting will be held in all seven phases- from April 11 to May 19. UP Congress chief, at a press conference, said the party was returning the favour of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance which has left two seats of Amethi and Rae Bareilly where Congress president Rahul Gandhi, and his mother, former Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, will stand from, respectively.
Following the announcement, BSP chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati had said that the SP-BSP-RLD alliance need not “create any confusion”, as she believes their alliance is “capable of defeating BJP”.
Mayawati has announced time and again that her party does not have anything to do with the Congress, and that they are not allying with each other for the 17th Lok Sabha polls.
Later, SP supremo and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, reiterated Mayawati’s statement, and said that the Congress party is not a part of their alliance in UP, and should not try and become a part of it.
Congress UP chief, Raj Babbar, at a press conference, announced the list of constituencies where the party won’t field candidates from- Mainpuri, where SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest from, Kannauj, where Mulayam Singh Yadav’s wife, Dimple Yadav will stand from, and Ferozabad, where Mulayam Singh Yadav’s nephew, Akshay Yadav will fight from.
Babbar went on to say that Congress will also not field candidates from the three constituencies where BSP Chief Mayawati, RLD Chief Ajit Singh and RLD Vice President Jayant Chaudhary wish to contest from.
Though the name of the seventh constituency has not been announced yet, it is being assumed that it will be the seat from which SP chief Akhilesh Yadav might contest from- Azamgarh.
The BSP-SP-RLD seat-sharing alliance allows the SP to field candidates from 37 constituencies, BSP from 38 and RLD from 3, leaving 2 for Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
The Congress, in alliance with the JAP, will field candidates from 64 seats. The JAP will field candidates from the four seats of Jhansi, Etah, Chandauli, Basti and one more seat, whose name has not been announced yet. The Pappu-Yadav led party will, additionally, field two of its own candidates under the Congress symbol.
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